The UK is still absent from the top 10 list of countries that enjoy optical fibre-based broadband to the home or business, a report published today said.
The report from the FTTH Council showed that smaller countries such as Sweden, Norway, Slovenia and Andorra are leading the way. The biggest and richest markets for broadband - France, Germany and the UK - are lagging behind, it said.
However, penetration rates remain low. Rates range from 11% of Sweden's homes to 1% of Latvia's.
FTTH Council Europe president Karel Helsen said the council's aim was part of an ongoing effort to show that fibre to the home is a sustainable technology.
The FTTH Council ranking was part of its Market Panorama study, commissioned by the council and carried out by research firm IDATE.
The findings were presented at the Broadband World Forum in Paris.